Day 5:: When More IS Better

Orange flower Day 5

“Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other. Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue to exist, a wonderful living side by side can grow up, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Often we forget that in seeking self, we must seek to understand our spouse or partner. William Wordsworth wrote, The World Is Too Much With Us, because he knew. He knew that materialism and the busy-ness of life would rip us away from nature, make us strangers to all living things, including each other.

Squished Circles by Amy Johnstone Lighthall
SQUISHED CIRCLES by Amy Johnstone Lighthall

When I look at Amy Johnstone Lighthall’s  painting, SQUISHED CIRCLES, I think of Ernie and me. We work Monday thru Friday, on two different shifts. I work on the university campus from 6am to 2:30pm; he supervises a warehouse from 2:30pm to 11:30pm. Once I kiss him good-night on Sunday evening, I don’t see him again until Saturday morning. As I am getting in my car on campus and leaving for home, he is getting in his car at home and leaving for work. We are like the proverbial two ships passing in the night.

Like A. J. Lighthall’s piece, we are connected, yet separated by a whole lot of sweet and bittersweet life going on in between. We leave Post-It notes for one another on the kitchen counter by the coffee pot {the nectar of the working class}. We text “I luv U’s” and important you-should-or-need-to-know stuff to one another. We speak to each other on the phone when he can break away for a moment. Life is good, but we know it could be SO.MUCH.BETTER. if we could sync-up our work shifts with each other.

There would be more of this

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And more of these

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And lots more of these

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All.week.long. — not just on weekend days.

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Wouldn’t you like more time with your Honey, too?

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  1. Thank you so much for including my art on your blog! I hope you are able to get your work schedules more synced up so you can have more time together. I know that must be tough. I’m glad my art speaks to you and your story.

    • You are SO welcome, Amy! I love what you do! There are so many wonder artists, in all mediums, that I have come to know through the ecourses I’ve taken. I SO love our artist community. I hope to use more of your work {with permission, of course!}, and that of the other creative women I’ve connected with, in future posts. It’s the best way I can see to enhance the senses and keep our community’s art flowing through the universe. Blessings!

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